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Mark BA, Patel E
Nurse practitioner scope of practice: what do we know and where do we go?
This article discusses how state-level nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice (SOP) policies effect access to primary care. In states where SOP policies became less restrictive, patients reported better access to healthcare including increased availability of appointments, greater checkup utilization, decreased emergency visits for ambulatory care, and decreased administrative burden for physicians. There have been a number of studies in states that have restrictive NP SOP policies, and they do not improve quality of care. It was found that states that still had restrictive policies tended to have more political pressure by physician groups than those states and repealed it.
Citation: Mark BA, Patel E . Nurse practitioner scope of practice: what do we know and where do we go? West J Nurs Res 2019 Apr;41(4):483-87. doi: 10.1177/0193945918820338..
Keywords: Policy, Primary Care, Provider: Nurse, Provider: Clinician, Provider